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Basic Hermit Crab Care in the SW Aquarium

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Basic Hermit Crab Care in the SW Aquarium

Postby Nec » Thu Mar 12, 2009 5:57 pm

BASIC HERMIT CRAB CARE IN THE SALTWATER AQUARIUM

As most of us know, hermit crabs play a huge role in being a part of the "cleanup crew" of our SW aquariums. When we purchase a few to add to the crew, there is an important factor that most people do not factor in. Extra shells... There should be at the minimum, two extra empty shells for each hermit that you have living in your system. Each one being a little larger than the other. Some do not realize how long hermits get and they need that extra room as they grow. There could come a day when you walk upto your tank and see another hermit sitting perfectly still that looks just like the other one. This is called a molt. For those of you that don't know what a molt is, it is the exoskeletal remains of their "former self" due to outgrowing it. They normally pull themselves out from the exoskeleton from the back. Almost like how we take off a tee shirt. Anyways...During this time, you might lose sight of the crab for a little while due to it finding a suitable place within your tank which might have predators. So don't worry.

A SW hermit's diet normally consists of many types of algae and cyano bacteria. This is why they are a big part of our clean up crew. However, when there is insufficient algae for them, thier diet must be suppleimented with dried seaweed banded to a small rock or something else that will weigh it down so they can reach it.

If these simple things can be followed, there should be no reason why your hermit couldn't be happy.

Below is a list of the most popular ones to keep in a SW aquarium.

Blue Legged Hermit
Red Reef (Scarlet) Hermit
Halloween Hermits
Zebra Hermits

There are a lot more out there but I wanted to keep the list simple. I hope this helps.

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Re: Basic Hermit Crab Care in the SW Aquarium

Postby Mick » Thu Mar 12, 2009 6:01 pm

Just to add to your article, if empty shells are not provided for the hermits, they are fond of pulling the snails out of their shells to hijack them.
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Re: Basic Hermit Crab Care in the SW Aquarium

Postby Nec » Thu Mar 12, 2009 6:09 pm

Well noted! hahahahah.. I've witnessed that at pet stores.
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